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Business Training and Community Education Debuts New Name, Look

"Community Education" resonates with noncredit students, reflects focus

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Parkland College Business Training and Community Education is debuting a new name and a fresh, new look in its brochure of spring 2019 classes.
The department's new name, "Community Education," encapsulates its overarching goal to provide high-value personal and professional development opportunities to all residents, from career-enhancing workshops and certification programs to educational travel, personal enrichment, classes for kids, and more. Programs are designed to work around busy schedules, with many online options. 
Director Triss Henderson said feedback from noncredit students and the community confirmed "Community Education" best resonates with Parkland College's district, reflects the department's focus, and includes both businesses and individuals.

"Community Education will continue its mission to engage the community in learning by providing personal and professional development opportunities to transform lives," Henderson said. "We are able to offer a variety of classes that make us unique to this community, something our customers value. If you are ever wondering if we have a particular class or are wanting to learn something new, more than likely we've got a class for that! We're here to offer rich possibilities for all ages and all stages of life."
In keeping with an upcoming new year, the Parkland College Community Education Spring 2019 Brochure is sporting a refreshed look, branded with help from local creative group Surface 51. As always, the brochure is chock full of brand new personal and professional development classes, including:

Flipping Houses and Property Management. Investing in real estate is a rewarding experience. Discover how to create a full-time career or a side gig before making the leap into your first house flip or purchasing your first investment property.

National Green Infrastructure Certification Program. Parkland College is the only licensed provider in the state of Illinois to offer the Water Environment Federation (WEF) National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP)! Learn to manage your natural water assets in a sustainable way and help shape the future landscape of Illinois and beyond!

Planting a Pollinator Garden. Learn why these hardworking insects are important to our ecosystem and which plants are best to draw them to your garden. 

Other favorites include:

  • Gentle Yoga

  • Couples Massage

  • Knife Skills for the Home Chef

  • Spanish in the Workplace

  • Food Service Sanitation Manager Certification

  • Chicago Ethnic Grocery Tour

  • High-Impact Facebook Ads

To register for a class or browse class selections, visit Residents may also register for classes by phone at 217/353-2055 or in person at Parkland College Community Education, 1315 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign.

Explore Parkland College academic programs, campus life, support services and more during the school's annual Fall Open House.

This event will take place Friday, Nov. 2 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Student Union atrium and in the L and H buildings for its Health Professions programs.

Designed for high school students, parents of college-bound students, and community members, the Parkland College Fall Open House allows visitors to tour the campus; have their questions answered from admissions, financial aid, and counseling representatives; view student demonstrations and explore the college's innovative features. Breakout sessions on financial aid and the Parkland Pathway to Illinois program also will take place during the open house.

For those interested in criminal justice or forensic science, the Parkland College Forensic Science Lab in Room X104 will be open for public viewing from noon to 2 p.m. that day. The science behind criminal investigation is more challenging and satisfying than popular media portray. Students can view the tools of the trade including fingerprinting techniques, DNA gels and skeletal remains, and an instructor will be on hand to talk about the chemistry of it all.

The Health Professions portion of the open house will take place in the L wing of the main campus and at the H building located in Parkland on Mattis, 1309 N. Mattis Ave. in Champaign. The Dental Hygiene, Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care, Surgical Technology and Veterinary Technology programs will be featured in the L wing, while the Nursing, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Nursing Assistant, Occupational Therapy and Practical Nursing programs will be featured at the H building. Visitors can enjoy chair massages from Massage Therapy students, get their vitals taken from Medical Assisting students and view lab demonstrations from Nursing and Occupational Therapy students in the H building.

For more information about the Parkland College Fall Open House, contact Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or

Spaces Filling for College for Kids, Summer Camps

Sign up today for summer fun, learning for youth in June, July

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Area residents are encouraged to sign up now for Parkland College Business Training and Community Education's exciting summer camps this June and July, as spaces are filling up fast.

  • College for Kids (ages 8–13) features dozens of popular classes from which kids can choose. Students act, sing in a cappella groups, design games, explore robotics, build rockets, create metal and jewelry pieces, perform improv comedy, produce television shows, engineer, paint, print, and more.
  • Our Technology Camps (ages 13–18) feature classes for teens who like hands-on learning in automotive maintenance and repair, land surveying and mapping, motorsports, and machining and welding, using some of the most up-to-date technology. 
  • The ever-popular First Gig Rock 'n' Roll Camp (ages 10–17) pairs kids with over 20 professional musicians who have years of studio and live band performance experience. Students will also be placed in a band with other kids, led by a professional musician. The camp concludes with a live concert at a public venue.
  • This year, Parkland is also offering a new camp for crime-solvers. Parkland CSI Camp (ages 14–16) will put kids on a forensics team as they use cutting-edge technology, interact with experts, and talk with law enforcement and media professionals to build a body of evidence, find the culprit, and inform the public. Please note that this class contains graphic content that simulates a crime scene.

For more class descriptions and to register, visit online at, or call 217/351-2235.

College for Kids Registration Underway

Two-week sessions for kids ages 8–13: June 18-28 and July 9-19

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Registration begins Feb. 16 for Parkland College's summer enrichment program for elementary and middle school students, College for Kids.
The popular two-week sessions for youth ages 8–13 cover a variety of subjects including technology, computer science, math, science, visual and performing arts, language arts, and humanities. Students learn something new, explore interests, and discover new hobbies in a supervised and comfortable environment. 
Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Parents and guardians have until June 4 to register their children for the first of two CFK sessions offered this year, which will be held June 18–28. Session two, which takes place July 9–19, has a June 25 registration deadline.

CFK classes meet Monday through Thursday from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. The cost is $159 per class.
Register online at or visit the Business Training and Community Education office at 1315 N. Mattis Ave., Champaign. Only online, in-person, and mail-in registrations are accepted.
For more information, visit the CFK website or call 217/353-2055.